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Schultz Research Group Conservation Biology

We are recruiting!  We seek an MS-level technician to lead newly funded research with western monarch and undergrads to assist with several projects in the lab!  Check back later this spring, we will also be recruiting technicians to assist in the field with Oregon silverspot butterfly and western monarch

Conservation Biology


Human-caused changes in the earth’s ecosystems are responsible for the decline and extinction of the world’s biological diversity. In the Conservation Biology Research Group, we study the ecology of at-risk species in response to key drivers: habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, habitat degradation, invasive species, alteration of ecosystem process, and global climate change.

Using a population-ecology lens, we use field and quantitative methods to address pivotal ecological questions. We seek to understand the relative contributions of individual, population and landscape-level processes to the population viability of endangered species as these processes interface with realistic conservation interventions. Our work largely uses at-risk butterflies in Pacific Northwest Prairies as a model system to address fundamental ecological questions while simultaneously tackling focal questions to guide on-the-ground practice.

We have upcoming opportunities

Please review this page if you are interested in working with our lab!



Dr. Cheryl Schultz


Arts and Sciences
Biological Sciences
Phone: (360) 546-9525
Fax: (360) 546-9064
Office: VSCI 230